Jennifer Daly

Postdoctoral Researcher and Instructor, The Institute on the Formation of Knowledge

Jennifer P. Daly's book project at SIFK explores the development of evolutionary thought beyond the boundaries of organic species change in the late eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Her central argument is that the development of evolutionary theories in this period took place across fields of inquiry—including natural history, cosmology, the human sciences, and even theology—and that this interaction was catalyzed by a cultural movement known as Romanticism. More broadly, her research engages with the question of how scientists have adapted and transformed scientific method in response to the challenges of interpreting nature at or beyond the boundaries of observation and experiment. She received her Ph.D. in History from Stanford University and her A.B. in Astronomy and Astrophysics from Harvard College.